So, I've been doing a little detective work lately and I found some stuff that's pretty fucked up.
You know those black and white ultrasound baby pictures that girls spam facebook with? "ohmigodddd you can see little brett's penis in 3d sooooo cute" right, those things. Well, turns out that those can cause brain damage.
In 1982 the World Health Organization claimed that prenatal ultrasound could cause "behavioral, neurological, immunological, developmental, and hemaetological changes and low birth weight". Soon I'll be working in a lab with a guy who says ultrasound can cause autism.
Ok, ...so, ultrasound has been identified as a risk factor for developmental disorders. Why are all the doctors saying it's perfectly safe?
I did a little further digging, and it appears that only once in a blue moon does federal funding for ultrasound research go through. I've read some sources that claim grants for ultrasound research are regularly denied. In fact, considering how tech savve nerds are, it's strange that there are near to no research articles on how ultrasound affects human development considering how long ultrasound has been around and so popular in medicine.
I mean, why no human studies if we are going to use it on nearly the entire human population?
Ultrasound affects plant growth. You can make plants grow in the dark with this stuff.
It affects bacterial growth. You can make cultures grow nice and fat.
They use it in physical therapy to make muscles and other human tissue grow faster.
Wait a minute.
The only professionals who know about ultrasound are the ultrasound manufacturers. Doctors don't.
...that means that the regulatory agencies who control sonography are financially tied to the manufacturers...
... that means that the committees who sponsor ultrasound research will be, by necessity, related to the manufacturer, . . .